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'Jersey Shore' cast reuniting to benefit Sandy victims

Posted by Emily Wright  November 8, 2012 11:16 AM

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The cast of "Jersey Shore" will join forces with other celebrities for a live MTV fundraiser dubbed "Restore the Shore" on Nov. 15. The event will benefit the Seaside Heights area of New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy, according to the network.

"Donations will directly aid the reconstruction of the [Seaside Heights] boardwalk, and surrounding homes and businesses devastated by the hurricane," TV personality Sway Calloway said in a video released by MTV.

MTV will then work with Architecture for Humanity, an organization "which provides design and construction services after natural disasters" to find suitable local contractors to help repair the damage caused by the hurricane.

Vinny Guadagnino, a "Shore" cast member and lifelong resident of Staten Island, has been active in fund-raising efforts on his own. The reality star, who turns 25 years old on Sunday, created a Go Fund Me account, urging his 3.1 million Twitter followers to each donate.

Guadagnino Tweeted Nov. 6 from his Twitter handle @VINNYGUADAGNINO, saying "I have 3.2 twitter followers and only 2 people have donated.Give ANYTHING!come on guys!peoples lives are destroyed." He has now raised more than $4,100 and has a goal of $100,000, according to the website.

All money raised will benefit "those that have been adversely impacted by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy on the New York City and New Jersey coastlines," through Tunnels to Towers Foundation, a non-profit created in memory of FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller who was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City.

The organization has set up a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and is accepting funds via an online donation form.

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